Being intoxicated doesn’t provide any legal relief from the assumption-of-the-risk doctrine, a federal judge has ruled, dismissing a suit brought by a man who suffered a serious shock when he came into contact with high voltage wires while climbing a catenary structure.

“The fact that a person is voluntarily intoxicated does not justify or excuse his failure to exercise reasonable care for his own safety,” U.S. District Judge Robert F. Kelly wrote in his 20-page opinion in Hansen v. PECO Energy Co. et al.

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